Dave Stott invites passersby on Northshore Drive to the St. Mark United Methodist Church Peach Festival. Photo by Wendy Smith
Everything’s peachy at St. Mark
By Wendy Smith
For the past two years, rain has soaked the St. Mark United Methodist Church Peach Festival. This year, for the first time, umbrellas were available for purchase, which guaranteed a sunny event.
The idea for the festival came from members who used to live in South Carolina, where peach festivals are common, said Pastor Dave Graybeal. The congregation was looking for an event to offer to the community, and peaches seemed like a sweet idea.
The festival featured peach ice cream, cobbler, baked goods and bags of peaches, which were purchased from Butler & Bailey Market in Rocky Hill. Entertainment included gospel bluegrass from Son Rise of Maryville, a bounce house, a dunking booth and other games. The community was also invited to attend the church’s Vacation Bible School, held last week. The theme was “Weird Animals.”. More